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Rallies seek release of detained immigration activist

Jan. 16, 2019 12:40 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Supporters of an immigration activist facing deportation are rallying in cities across the country ahead of a Thursday hearing that may decide his fate. Eduardo Samaniego, a 26-year old native of Mexico, had been a prominent voice at immigration rallies and marches in Massachusetts in recent...

Gov. picks state gaming panel head amid Wynn Resorts inquiry

Jan. 15, 2019 4:31 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker named one of his administration's top lawyers to head the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Tuesday as the panel weighs a key decision on whether Wynn Resorts should keep its license to operate a $2.5 billion casino under construction near Boston. Cathy Judd-Stein, deputy...

Lawyer found guilty on multiple counts of sexual assault

Jan. 15, 2019 3:19 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts lawyer has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman who was facing foreclosure from a bank the lawyer represented. Forty-one-year-old James Martin was found guilty Monday by a Hampden Superior Court judge on three counts of indecent assault and battery. The...

2 men charged in hammer attack deemed too dangerous for bail

Jan. 10, 2019 11:24 AM EST

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — Two men charged with forcing their way into a Massachusetts home and attacking a resident with a hammer have been deemed by a judge as too dangerous to be released on bail. The Republican newspaper of Springfield reports that 23-year-old Andrew Newell and 26-year-old Christian...

Man who took photos of abuse of girl gets 35-year sentence

Jan. 10, 2019 8:19 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who took photos of himself sexually abusing a young girl and then traded them online has been sentenced to 35 years in prison. The Republican newspaper reports that 28-year-old Justin Germaine, of West Springfield, was also sentenced in federal court this month...

Arrest made in weekend homicide in Springfield

Jan. 8, 2019 3:18 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Springfield police have made an arrest in connection with a weekend homicide. Police on Tuesday announced that 30-year-old Karl Exantus, of Springfield, is charged with murder and gun offenses in the shooting on Saturday afternoon. Exantus was held without bail at his arraignment...

Woman pleads guilty to role in fatal shooting in 2017

Jan. 8, 2019 12:20 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman has been sentenced to up to seven years in state prison for her role in a fatal 2017 shooting in Chicopee. Sorheyddi Colondres pleaded guilty Monday to misleading police and attempting to cover up the slaying of 44-year-old Kevin Blanton in February 2017. The...

Man found shot to death in parking lot

Jan. 6, 2019 11:03 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A homicide investigation has begun after a man was gunned down in the parking lot of shopping plaza in Springfield. Police spokesman Ryan Walsh says officers responding to the Five Town Plaza on Saturday found the victim in the driver's seat of a vehicle. The man was pronounced...

Lawyer faces first of 3 sexual assault trials

Jan. 6, 2019 10:39 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts lawyer charged with sexually assaulting three women involved in legal cases will be in court next week for the first of what is expected to be three separate trials. Masslive.com reports that the first case involving Amherst attorney James J. Martin is scheduled to...

Public records overhaul leads to new technological answers

Dec. 31, 2018 12:16 PM EST

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — A candidate for Framingham state representative was seeking a list of all city voters who applied for absentee ballots. A reporter wanted information about Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer's expenses. Insurance companies are asking for police records of clients' car accidents. The...